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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
a, A n (first letter of alphabet)a nf
 Apple begins with an "a".
 Arancia inizia con la "a".
a, an indef art (indefinite article)un art ind m
 uno art ind m
 una art ind f
 There's a monster under my bed.
 C'è un mostro sotto il mio letto.
 
Additional Translations
a, A n (music: note) nota musicalela nm
 The song begins on an A.
 La canzone inizia con un La.
a, A n (music: key) nota musicalela nm
 They're playing Grieg's piano concerto in A-minor tonight.
 Stasera suonano il concerto per pianoforte di Grieg in La minore.
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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
A n (grade) scuola: voto massimoA nm
 scuola: voto massimodieci nm
 I got an "A" in my history test.
 Nel test di storia ho preso "A".
 Nel compito in classe di storia ho preso dieci.
A n (blood type) gruppo sanguignoA nm
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WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2014:

Compound Forms/Forme composte
a | A | a. |
(not to) harm a hair of [sb]'s head (non) torcere un capello a qn nm
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush expr proverb ([sth] that you already have is better than the promise of [sth] better)meglio un uovo oggi che una gallina domani
 I'm told I can do better if I keep looking for opportunities, but I'll stay at this job for now: a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
a bit adv (a small amount)un pochino, un po', poco avv
 I take just a bit of milk in my coffee.
 Normalmente metto un pochino di latte nel caffè.
a bit adv (slightly)un po' avv
 It's a bit cold in here!
 Era un po' troppo educato, onestamente.
a bit n informal (a short while)tra poco, tra breve avv
 I'll see you in a bit.
a bit long adj colloquial (slightly too long)un po' lungo
 My hair is getting a bit long; it's time to have it trimmed.
a bit much un po' troppo
a bit of adj (a small amount of)un po' di, un pochino di avv
 I like a bit of cream in my coffee.
 Mi piace un po' di panna nel caffè.
a bit of a mess n UK (shambolic)un po' sottosopra
a bit of a mess n (difficulty, predicament)una situazione difficile
 un bel pasticcio
a bit of a mess n informal (disorderly place) colloquialeun po' di casino, un po' incasinato
 My house is a bit of a mess, but please come in.
a bit thick adj colloquial (slightly too thick)piuttosto denso
 piuttosto spesso
 abbastanza massiccio
 The gravy seems a bit thick; I can stand a spoon in it!
a bit thick adj (not very intelligent)non molto sveglio
 un po' lento
 un po' tardo
 He's a bit thick, but really nice all the same.
a bit thin adj colloquial (slightly too thin)piuttosto diluito
 un po' acquoso
 The gravy seems a bit thin, so I think I'll add some more flour to thicken it up.
a bit thin adj (with limited resources)un po' ristretto
 puttosto ridotto, piuttosto limitato
 My budget is a bit thin, so I won't be going to Africa this year.
a bit too adv colloquial (slightly excessively)un po' troppo
 His hair was a bit too long for me.
a bite to eat n informal (snack) informale: piccolo pastoun boccone nm
a blistering pace n figurative, informal (great speed)gran velocità
a bomb (a failure) un fallimentoun fiasco
a bright person cima nf
a bundle of nerves n informal, figurative (very nervous person) figurato: persona nervosafascio di nervi nm
 You're a bundle of nerves, calm down!
 Sei un fascio di nervi, calmati!
a cappella adv music (without instrumental accompaniment)a cappella
 The piece is usually orchestral but they performed it a cappella.
a cappella adj (singing: without music)a cappella
 Gregorian chant is usually a cappella singing.
a certain amount n (modicum)una certa quantità
 un tot pron
a certain amount n (specified quantity)una determinata quantità
 un dato ammontare
a certain number un certo numero
a chip off the old block n informal, figurative (person: like parent)tale e quale al padre agg
 tale padre tale figlio
 He'll be a womanizer just like his father; he's a chip off the old block.
a considerable number numero considerevole
a corner on un angolo di
a couple n (a pair, two) circa due, alcunipaio nm
 I have a couple of sweaters in my suitcase.
 Ho messo un paio di maglioni in valigia.
 due elementicoppia nf
 C'era una coppia che camminava per la via tenendosi per mano.
a couple of adj colloquial (two, a pair of)un paio di
 I'll take a couple of donuts, please.
a couple of adj US, colloquial (two or three of)qualche agg
 A couple of days ago, I saw your brother at the supermarket.
a crock n US, slang (lies)balle, fesserie nfpl
a crock n US, slang (nonsense, rubbish)sciocchezze, fesserie, stupidaggini nfpl
a crumb of comfort n (small consolation)piccola consolazione nf
a cut above prep (superior to)un gradino più su di
 una spanna sopra
 He is a cut above the rest.
 È una spanna sopra gli altri.
a cut above adj (superior)superiore agg
 di livello superiore
a dab hand n informal (expert, skilled person) figurato: bravoessere un mago vi
 Could you help me roll this pastry? I hear you're a dab hand in the kitchen.
 Mi aiuti ad arrotolare questo impasto? Mi hanno detto che sei una maga in cucina.
a dab of [sth] n (small amount or application of [sth])un pochino di
 un tocco di
a damn un accidente
a darn un accidente
a deal un affare
a dear n informal (kind or sweet person)una cara persona
 una persona gentile
a dime a dozen adj US, informal (very common, not rare)un tanto al chilo
 te li danno come resto
 te li tirano dietro
 In Hollywood, aspiring young actresses are a dime a dozen.
a discretion un giudizio
a dog's life vita da cani
a dozen or so adj informal (around twelve)circa una dozzina
 Can you please bring me back a dozen or so eggs from the grocery store?
a drop in the bucket n US, informal ([sth] relatively trivial)una cosa insignificante nf
 figuratouna goccia nel mare nf
 The U.S. needs to redevelop passenger rail; Amtrak funding is just a drop in the bucket.
 Gli Stati Uniti devono sviluppare di nuovo le ferrovie per il trasporto passeggeri; i fondi per l'Amtrak sono una goccia nel mare.
a drop in the bucket n ([sth] with no material consequences)una cosa trascurabile nf
a drop in the ocean n UK (a negligible amount) figuratouna goccia nel mare nf
 The money I give to charity is a drop in the ocean compared to some people.
 I soldi che do in beneficenza io sono una goccia nel mare rispetto ad altre persone.
a due un dovuto
a far cry una bella distanza
a far cry from adj (very different from)tutt'altra cosa rispetto a
 ben altro rispetto a
 Life in Canada is a far cry from her homeland of Haiti.
a fate worse than death n figurative (terrible misfortune)un destino peggiore della morte
 una fine tremenda
a fate worse than death n euphemism, obsolete (loss of virginity by seduction or rape )una brutta fine
a few bob n UK, slang (a small amount of money)quattro soldi
a few times adv (on several occasions)più volte
 varie volte
a few times adv (with several repetitions )diverse volte
a few too many adj (excessive quantity of)qualche volta di troppo
a few too many n UK, slang (excess of alcohol)un bicchiere di troppo
a few words npl informal (short speech or commentary) breve discorsodue parole nfpl
 qualche parola nf
 I was asked to say a few words at my Grandpa's funeral.
a figment of your imagination un parto della tua immaginazione
a fine mess n informal (complicated or awkward situation)bel pasticcio
 bel guaio nm
 bel casino nm
 The lies we told got us into a fine mess when everyone found out the truth.
a fool's game n figurative, informal (unwise venture) impresa follepazzia, follia nf
a fortiori adv (law, logic: with stronger reason)a maggior ragione
A friend in need is a friend indeed expr (a true friend is supportive and helpful) hipsterun amico si vede nel momento del bisogno
a f***ing thing (vulgar) volgareuna sega
a ghost of a chance n (a very slight possibility)ben poche possibilità
 My husband might run for office, but he really doesn't stand a ghost of a chance.
a go-go a gogo
a go-go a volontà
a good deal n (bargain)buon affare nm
 I chose the car because it was reliable and a good deal.
 Ho scelto questa macchina perché è affidabile ed era un buon affare.
a good deal adv (considerably, a lot)un bel po'
a good deal adv (a lot)tanto, molto, parecchio avv
 She walks around the neighborhood a good deal.
 Cammina parecchio per il quartiere.
a good deal (of [sth]) adj (a lot)un bel po' di, parecchio, molto, tanto agg
 I hope you like spicy food, because I added a good deal of fresh jalapeño.
 Spero che ti piaccia il piccante, perché ho messo un bel po' di peperoncino.
a good innings n UK, informal, figurative (long life)lunga vita nf
 My grandmother died at 103, so she'd had a really good innings.
 Mia nonna morì a 103 anni, ha avuto davvero una lunga vita.
a good laugh n informal ([sth] very funny or entertaining)divertente agg
a great deal n (a lot, much)un bel po'
a great deal n (many)molti agg
a great deal of effort n (a lot of effort, much effort)un grosso sforzo
 un notevole impegno nm
 I put a great deal of effort into this project, and I was really offended when management ignored it.
a great time n informal (fun, enjoyment)un bel divertimento
 molto divertente
a greater number un numero maggiore
a hair's breadth away adv (very close)a un pelo da
 The house that I bought was a hair's breadth away from the sea.
a hand at una mano a
a hard man un duro
a heap of adj literal (an untidy pile of)una pila di
 una montagna di nf
 There's a heap of dirty laundry in the laundry room.
a heap of adj figurative, slang (a lot of)un mucchio di
 un sacco di
 Since I retired I've got a heap of time on my hands.
a high su di giri
a hint of irony npizzico di ironia nm
a hoot n figurative, slang ([sth] funny or fun)uno spasso
 un sacco di divertimento
 The party last night was a hoot! I had so much fun!
a hoot n literal (owl's cry)grido di civetta
 When camping in the woods, we heard the hoots of owls instead of lullabies.
a hoot n (any care to or for)un accidenti
 I don't give two hoots whether or not Sheila comes to the party.
a hot number una cosa speciale
a job well done n (task that is performed well)un lavoro ben fatto
 un lavoro a regola d'arte
a la adv (in the style of)alla maniera di
 He swears a lot when he's angry, a la Gordon Ramsay.
à la carte adv literal (ordering dishes individually )alla carta
à la carte adj literal (menu items: priced individually)alla carta
à la carte adv figurative (buying selected offerings )separatamente avv
 a scelta
 un articolo alla volta
à la carte adj figurative (can be purchased individually)individuale agg
a la mode adj (fashionable, in fashion)alla moda
 di moda
 di grido
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